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Nova sets Rutgers record for career TD passes in win over Tulane, 31-6

  • Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova (10) throws a first quarter touchdown pass against Tulane during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

    Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova (10) throws a first quarter touchdown pass against Tulane during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tulane wide receiver Leondre James (86) attempts to get past Rutgers defensive back Gareef Glashen (2) after making a catch for a first down during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

    Tulane wide receiver Leondre James (86) attempts to get past Rutgers defensive back Gareef Glashen (2) after making a catch for a first down during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tulane quarterback Devin Powell (1) looks to pass against Rutgers during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

    Tulane quarterback Devin Powell (1) looks to pass against Rutgers during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)  (The Associated Press)

Senior Gary Nova threw three of his four touchdown passes to high school teammate Leonte Carroo and became Rutgers' all-time career leader in touchdown passes in a 31-6 victory over Tulane on Saturday.

Nova hit Carroo on scoring passes of 3 and 25 yards on the Scarlet Knights' first two possessions, and added the third one late on a 6-yard toss in the fourth quarter. He combined with Andrew Turzilli on a 93-yard scoring pass as Rutgers jumped to a 21-0 lead on its first three drives.

The four TD passes gave Nova 61 in 38 games, two more than current graduate assistant coach Mike Teel.

Rutgers (4-1) is two wins shy of being eligible for a postseason bowl in its first season in the Big Ten Conference.

Sherman Badie scored on an 86-yard run for Tulane (1-4), which lost starting quarterback Tanner Lee to a shoulder injury before halftime.